Princess Anne Visits Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) _ Britain’s Princess Anne flew to the northern town of Mzuzu on Saturday to observe development projects and the distribution of free fertilizer and seeds, part of her visit to southern Africa as president of Save the Children Fund.
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II arrived Friday from Botswana and will leave Monday for Madagascar.
President Bakili Muluzi’s government is heavily dependent on aid from Britain and other western donors. Britain contributed $4 million of Malawi’s $29 million budget this year.
Gracian Tukula, an official at the British High Commission in the capital of Lilongwe, said her visit would ``highlight poverty issues in Malawi and reassure people in Britain that their aid is being put to good use.″
``She wants to see for herself what programs they are undertaking,″ Tukula said in an interview.
After lunch Friday with Vice President Justin Malewezi, Anne drove by road to the central district of Dowa, 35 miles from Lilongwe, to see a water development project undertaken by Save the Children.